Senate Candidates Smith, Housley Debate for Final Time Before Election

November 05, 2018 09:23 AM

This is the first time two women have competed for the same U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota political history and Sunday night was the final debate between DFL candidate Tina Smith and Republican candidate Karin Housley.

Both candidates stayed consistent with their talking points on several big issues and both avoided last-minute verbal blunders.


On health care, Smith touted a plan to reign in the escalating costs of medical care.

"My bill would crack down on the big drug companies so they can't pay to keep lower-cost generic drugs to stay off the market longer," Smith said. "And, allowing Medicare, as I said earlier, to negotiate directly with the big drug companies would help lower costs, too."

Housley said she would push for a more open marketplace where consumers are given detailed cost information upfront and freedom to make health care choices through more competition.

"So folks can shop around by using that competition," Housley said. "And then, when it comes to the insurance side of it, we need to be able to buy our health insurance like we buy our car insurance across state lines."

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Both candidates were asked by Minnesota Public Radio debate moderator Kathy Wurzer what they would do in Washington to help women achieve equal pay for equal jobs with men in the workplace.

Housley said making new laws and separating women into a special class of citizen through those laws would not solve the problem.

"Whenever you put women in their own category and not make them strong and tell them that we have to make laws because you are not equal to men, that is the problem," Housley said.

Smith said there are things legislation can help accomplish and one path she would like explored would be more transparency in the workplace about wages earned by men and women for the same jobs.

"If you have the opportunity to see what you're making compared to everyone else you have the opportunity to stand up for yourself," Smith said. "And that, to me, is a good thing and it is going to strengthen all families and lift everyone up in the long run."

The results of the latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll on the race between Smith and Housley demonstrate the following:

Out of 600 likely voters:

  • 48 percent answered they would vote for Smith
  • 40 percent said they would vote for Housley
  • 7 percent said they are undecided

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